The Power Saturator
A jumper matrix grants access to Big Al's core circuitry: Emphasis Shift, Bass Compensator and Voltage Sag provide powerful options for making complex changes to the distortion profile on the fly by inserting or pulling a few simple plugs.
Big Al is a dual stage tube saturator which offers a broad palette of marvelous sound flavors flowing from the interactive network within its transformer-coupled pre and power amp. Based on completely novel circuitry and authentic NOS components from the 1930s, the one-off analog hardware has been exclusively designed for this plugin.
Big Al's frequency conditioning begins right in the EF9 preamp stage. The Low control is implemented as a Baxandall filter which allows to adjust saturation intensity around 100Hz in optional combination with boosting or cutting the bass at the same time.
The High control is an additional EQ band placed in front of the preamp tube. Its peaking filter boosts or cuts high frequency content around 10kHz which is essential for inciting or taming Big Al's treble aggression potential.
The finishing spice is added by the AL4 power pentode and its output transformer, driven hot by the preamp stage. The result? A truly gorgeous kind of harmonic saturation which will always sound organic, musical and bold.